Melissa Harris-Perry dissects the Supreme Court’s recent buffer zone ruling and is joined by Michelle Kinsey Bruns, an abortion clinic organizer, Jessica González-Rojas of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Irin Carmon, and Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University. [via MSNBC]
Mississippi’s new law is a 20-week ban, while Florida’s creates additional restrictions on abortions performed in the third trimester, and bans abortion at any point in a pregnancy if a doctor determines the fetus could survive outside the pregnant person’s body.
In a series of orders issued Tuesday, the Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings upholding religious objections to providing any contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Religious conservatives challenged the California law, arguing it violated their First Amendment rights.
Black women already have low and inconsistent use of birth control due to access barriers, and Monday’s Hobby Lobby decision is one more that puts effective care out of financial reach for many in need.
Thanks to the conservatives on the Supreme Court, corporations now have a whole new basis for objecting to government regulations.
Jonathan Mann sings a song based on Justice Ginsburg’s dissent lamenting the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, which will allow closely held companies to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees, and encouraging us to unite and keep fighting against harmful court decisions such as this one.
The decision did not strike the contraceptive benefit in the Affordable Care Act entirely, but it did leave it hobbled.
I have seen countless women reduced to tears and shaking, just for trying to access the health care to which they are constitutionally entitled. That isn’t peaceful assembly. That is harassment, hiding behind the First Amendment.
In striking a Massachusetts buffer zone law, the U.S. Supreme Court has dramatically reframed the debate over balancing the rights of patients and providers with the rights of abortion protesters.